In Florida, both parents are responsible for the financial well-being of the child. In many cases, the parents are able to work out an agreement that adequately works for all parties involved. However, there are times when what is being offered will not satisfy the needs of the child, or an agreement that is in place needs to be modified due to a change in the financial circumstances of the parent.
At the DeVries Law Firm, P.A. we assist on a variety of family law matters throughout northeast Florida.
The decision to get a divorce or the decision of what to do should your partner file for divorce, can be the most difficult that you will make. While providing high-quality legal services we also provide a caring atmosphere to ease concerns throughout the process. Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, we can handle it all from start to finish. We ensure that all of your interests are protected, and take care of all paperwork that you’ll need to have filed. This allows our clients to concentrate on the next phase of their lives. Areas covered include annulment, uncontested divorce, contested divorce, divorces including minor children, divorces including adopted children, high net worth divorces, domestic violence, division of property, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, enforcement of a divorce decree, alimony, and military divorce.
Few cases can make a person want to dig their heels in a fight like child custody. We are well experienced in the nuance of what the courts are looking for in these cases. Florida’s family courts prefer shared parental responsibility, however, we understand that there are times when that is not what is in the child’s best interests. Time-sharing arrangements also fall under child custody, which utilizes a variety of different schedules to craft an arrangement that can best suit your work schedule, children’s extra-curricular schedule, the distance between the parents, and many other factors. Areas covered include visitation and time-sharing, parental relocation, modification of a parenting plan, grandparent rights, and same-sex child custody issues.
In Florida, if the mother is unmarried at the time of the birth of the child, then paternity will need to be established in order for the mother to file for child support, or for the father to establish visitation with the child.
There are times when a parent will need to disestablish paternity. The legal parent is not always the biological parent. This can happen through a variety of means, including the use of sperm donors, deception, stepparent adoption, etc.
Areas covered include the establishment of paternity, disestablishment of paternity, and sperm donor rights.
RESTRAINING ORDERS AND INJUNCTIONS
When in a relationship, whether married or not, nobody should have to deal with any form of domestic violence. There are several different types of injunction that you can file, however, you will want to make sure you file the correct type depending on the nature of what has happened and the legal repercussions of each type of injunction. We can make sure that you are filing the proper forms to fit the legal needs you will have to protect yourself from future violence against you, whether that be physical, sexual, or stalking in nature.
Areas covered include injunctions for domestic violence, sexual violence, repeat violence, stalking, and dating violence.
Sadly there are times when a partner will file an injunction for unscrupulous purposes. If you have been served with an injunction with false allegations, we also handle the defense of injunctions.
Fewer things are most wonderful than adoption, and we look forward to assisting with this process. There are several different types of adoption with different legal standards for each. Please reach out to make sure everything runs smoothly and as quickly as possible.
Areas covered are termination of parental rights, grandparent adoption, step-parent adoption, foster care adoption, adult adoption, relative adoption, and foreign adoption.